New rocket fuel to launch Purdue spacecraft

(WLFI Photo, file)
(WLFI Photo, file)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A group of Purdue University students is moving ahead with a project to design and build a spacecraft that will be launched by a new, more environmentally friendly rocket propellant.

The students have partnered with rocket maker Aerojet Rocketdyne to demonstrate that the new propellant can replace hydrazine, a highly toxic fuel that’s often used for rocket launches.

The Purdue Green Propellant Suborbital Test will be launched by NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program on a commercial suborbital rocket flight.

Such flights allow testing of spaceflight technologies during minutes of weightlessness.

The Purdue flight will test the technical readiness of a new green propellant developed by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory.

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